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Liberty squeezes out close win over Flashes

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CHAMPION — Melina Manning saw the errant ball fall away from her. The Liberty senior couldn’t let the volleyball hit the Champion High School gym floor. It was the fifth set. These Leopards had come too far to let another miscue happen, down 5-3 to the Golden Flashes. She dove and ...

Winless streak ends at 19

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CLEVELAND — For the first time in 635 days, the Cleveland Browns found a way to win. Baker Mayfield showed them how. The No. 1 overall pick replaced injured starter Tyrod Taylor and sparked the Browns, who got two 1-yard touchdown runs from Carlos Hyde and beat the New York Jets 21-17 on ...

Davidson, White Sox beat Tribe in 11 innings

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CLEVELAND — Matt Davidson hit a run-scoring single with two out in the 11th inning to lift the White Sox to a 5-4 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night, Chicago’s first victory at Progressive Field this season. The White Sox were outscored 58-19 in dropping their first eight ...

Pittsburgh’s drama with Brown is over – for now

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PITTSBURGH — The chorus of “The Storm Is Over” by gospel singer Kirk Franklin played as Antonio Brown approached his locker on Thursday, an intentionally apt choice by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker/DJ Vince Williams to address the latest bit of drama surrounding his superstar ...

Running for redemption

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CANFIELD — Howland coach Robin Kapalko still had the residual frustration talking about Saturday’s Spartan Invitational. An 11th-place finish was unacceptable for the Howland High School girls cross country team in Division II. Wednesday, the Suburban League Championships, taking ...

One, or the other?

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CLEVELAND — Sam Darnold once thought he’d be wearing an orange helmet just a few shades brighter than his hair color. But the former USC star wasn’t precisely what the Browns were looking for in a franchise quarterback in the NFL draft. Darnold checked most of the boxes, but not all of ...

Badger’s Stanhope makes it 2 out of 3

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CANFIELD — Panning around the south side of the Canfield Fairgrounds, there are a couple of people walking a boxer, golden retriever and other large dog breeds. In some cases, the dog was walking them. Stromboli, french fries and lemonade, even flavored ice was on sale — more than enough ...

Kipnis slams Chicago with walk-off bomb

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CLEVELAND — Jason Kipnis’ game-ending grand slam and 1,000th career hit came on one big swing. “I couldn’t have drawn it up much better than that one,” he said. Kipnis homered with one out in the ninth inning and the Cleveland Indians rallied for a 4-1 win over the Chicago White ...

Drama kings

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PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree just smiled earlier this month when asked what would happen if the “Hard Knocks” cameras decided to spend a month embedded with the team during training camp. “We’re too real for TV,” Dupree said with a grin. Dupree meant it ...

Bauer to return Friday

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CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians want Trevor Bauer in their postseason rotation. The next step will come Friday night against the Boston Red Sox in his first appearance since breaking his right leg last month. Indians manager Terry Francona said Bauer will pitch a “couple of innings” ...

Meyer returns to sideline as Green Wave invades

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COLUMBUS — Fresh off of a 40-28 victory over No. 15 TCU last Saturday night in Arlington, Texas, No. 4 Ohio State returns to Ohio Stadium and welcomes Tulane for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday afternoon on the Big Ten Network. Of course, the biggest news surrounding the game is the return to ...

Getting his kicks

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CORTLAND — It is almost impossible to be in Northeast Ohio and not hear a joke about former Cleveland Browns kicker Zane Gonzalez. It was nothing different at the Lakeview-Hubbard boys soccer game as fans referenced him with any arrant kick. The irony is there were more kicks going ...

Callaway to fill Gordon’s role with Browns

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BEREA — With Josh Gordon long gone after he and his baggage were jettisoned to the Patriots, the Browns need another dynamic playmaker to stretch the field. Antonio Callaway had better be ready. “He ain’t got no choice,” Browns receiver Jarvis Landry said with a smile. Perhaps ...

Brown’s social media usage in question

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PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin doesn’t like talking about the way his players use social media. The Pittsburgh Steelers coach would prefer to stick to football. Antonio Brown, however, isn’t giving his boss much choice. Tomlin said he plans to speak to the All-Pro wide receiver ...

McDonald’s roads to state never given

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Freshly-cut grass. Remnants of what was a couple weeks ago in the Canfield Fair. The unmistakable smell of french fries emanating from a vendor, wheeled near the hub of today’s Suburban League Championships at the Canfield Fairgrounds. They are all staples of the yearly run where distance ...

Area teams in OHSAA football computer ratings

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COLUMBUS — LaBrae and Hubbard lead their regions in the season’s first Ohio High School Athletic Association football computer ratings released Tuesday. LaBrae (4-0) leads Division V, Region 17, while Hubbard (4-0) tops Division IV, Region 13. Warren G. Harding (2-2) is sixth in ...

Kluber, Indians take care of White Sox

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CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber struck out 11 in eight innings to record his career-high 19th win as the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 on Tuesday night. Kluber (19-7), who allowed three runs, topped 200 strikeouts for the fifth straight season. Kluber won 18 games in three of ...

OHSAA football computer ratings

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Top eight schools from each region in the final report Oct. 29 will qualify for the playoffs. Division I ¯ Region 1 - 1. Mentor (4-0) 11.65, 2. Solon (4-0) 9.575, 3. Euclid (3-1) 8.875, 4. Canton McKinley (4-0) 7.9242, 5. Austintown Fitch (3-1) 7.8, 6. Strongsville (3-1) 7.5, tie-7. Medina ...

Indians’ Bauer throws to hitters

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer threw to hitters for the first time since breaking his right leg last month and hopes to be back on the mound for Cleveland in time for the postseason. The right-hander pitched three simulated innings of about 17-to-19 pitches per inning and jokingly told ...

Pirates top Royals in 11 innings

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pinch-hitter Ryan Lavarnway drove in the winning run with a single in the 11th inning, Jameson Taillon struck out a career-high 11 and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 on Tuesday night. It was just the second at-bat of the season for the 30-year-old ...